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Deacon Michael's Homily for 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 26, 2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 7/27/20

Here's my homily for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary time reflecting on the "Kingdom of Heaven" 

You can read the Sunday readings on which it is based HERE

I welcome any questions, comments or suggestions the the Comments boxes below

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In our modern consumer culture we are preoccupied ... Read More »

Race Prejudice and Catholic Teaching - Two Good Videos

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 7/26/20

Bishop Robert Barron has two excellent videos out on race prejudice and Catholic teaching/understanding.

One is on how Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King's "Letter From the Birmingham Jail" makes use of the reasoning of Saint Thomas Aquinas and why that is important for our nation.  You can find that ... Read More »

"Open Wide Our Hearts" USCCB Pastoral Letter & Supplementary Materials

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 7/25/20

Here interested folks can access PDF's of the 2018 Pastoral Letter of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop entitled "Open Wide our Hearts" and several excellent short 2-page topical briefing papers discussing in more detail aspects of racism discussed in the Letter.

I welcome any comments and ensuing ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time - July 12, 2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 7/13/20

Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, July 12, 2020.

You can find the readings on which it is based  HERE

I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances.

Comments, observations and perspective on my homily or on today's ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time - June 21, 2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 6/24/20

Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for Trinity Sunday.

I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances.

Comments, observations and perspective on my homily or on today's readings are very invited and welcome! See the "Comment Box" below the homily.

Peace be with you all!!! 

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“Don’t be afraid”, the Lord tells us in today’s ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points - Chapter 9

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 6/13/20

We cannot begin to find solutions unless we realize there is a problem.  Once that happens, we need to name the problem. It is important that we face our current realities. It has been estimated that only 5 percent of parishioners at any given time are international disciples.  Prayerfully, ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for Trinity Sunday 6/7/2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 6/07/20

Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for Trinity Sunday.

I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances.

Comments, observations and perspective on my homily or on today's readings are very invited and welcome! See the "Comment Box" below the homily.

Peace be with you all!!! 

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There are some weekends that deacons very often preach, like the weeknds after Christmas and ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points - Chapter 8

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/20/20

The last two thresholds are a bit different from the other three. They are sometimes called ” The Zone”.

Sherry explains:

“ We have found it useful to think of the two thresholds of seeking and intentional discipleship as a whole... what both thresholds have in common is that ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter 5/17/2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/17/20

Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for the 4th Sunday Easter.

I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances.

Comments, observations and perspective on my homily or on today's readings are most welcome! See the "Comment Box" below the homily.

Peace be with you all!!! 

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Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points - Chapter 7

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 5/10/20

Just as trust is needed to order to move to curiosity, curiosity is needed in order to move beyond openness. Sherry tells us, “But moving into that threshold is one of the most difficult journeys for 21st century people to make because it demands that we declare ourselves open ... Read More »